Another reviewer writes:
The Naked Capitalist, written by Cleon Skousen is a commentary on Quigley's book Tragedy and Hope. Both describe the story of how these money masters have shaped vast, secret pockets of power, through a network of banks, to control the economies and governments of the world. Skousen asks why Quigley would want to expose these money masters, if he agrees with their goals? "Obviously," writes Skousen, "disclosing the existence of a mammoth power network which is trying to take over the world could not help but arouse the vigorous resistance of millions of people who are its intended victims. So why did Dr. Quigley write this book?"
The answer, according to Skousen, is that Quigley wants to show that "It is now too late for the little people to turn back the tide. In a spirit of kindness Quigley is therefore urging them not to fight the noose which is already around their necks. He feels certain that those who do will only choke themselves to death. On the other hand, those who go along will eventually find themselves in a man-made millennium of peace and prosperity. All through his book Dr. Quigley assures us that we can trust these benevolent, well-meaning men who are secretly operating behind the scenes. THEY are the HOPE of the world. All who resist them represent TRAGEDY. Hence, the title for his book.
Yet Quigley forgets the admonition of "By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them." These benevolent men also claim responsibility for installing some of the most ruthless and brutal governments in history, governments that killed hundreds of millions of men women and children and precipitated at least two global wars and countless regional conflicts. Nor does Quigley mention the ruthless and murderous efforts of these men over the past 200 years at wrestling control of the world's natural resources from the hands of common people into corporate conglomerates. They have even caused global depressions in order to obtain greater control over governments and industry. Their motive in all cases is to make people subservient and relinquish their freewill. To become willing to accept any government that stops the slaughter and provides security. There is also no mention that these same people plan for a reduction in Global Population by 95%.
"Anyone reading Dr. Quigley's book "Tragedy and Hope" will have little difficulty detecting the tremendous self-esteem from the author. He considers himself not only an 'insider' but a member of the intellectual elite among the insiders. He feels the forces of total global control are now sufficiently entrenched where they can reveal their true identity and historical significance without fear of being successfully overturned. Sounding almost like Karl Marx, Quigley expresses the utmost contempt for members of the American middleclass who think they can preserve what he calls their 'petty-bourgeois' property rights and constitutional privileges. But Quigley claims the middle class dimwits keep missing the target by aiming at Communist Governments and Left-wing radicals, when the real power behind these movements are Wealthy Capitalists. The very people that everyone thinks would have the most to lose if communism rises to power. Yet these same capitalist have financed a variety of socialist dictators, revolutionaries and subversive politicians in order to regulate and control their activities and use them as a threat and change agents when appropriate. They are extremely adept at play both sides against each other.
"The real value of Tragedy and Hope," writes Skousen, "is not so much as a 'history of the world in our time' (as its subtitle suggests) but rather as a bold and boastful admission by Dr. Quigley that there actually exists a relatively small but powerful group which has succeeded in acquiring a choke-hold on the affairs of practically the entire human race." Skousen says that if he had written such a book revealing this conspiracy, it would have been classified as the ranting of some lunatic. But Quigley is an establishment intellectual and reveals the inner workings and history of the Money Masters with vivid detail in his book.
Anyone familiar with the Biblical writings of John's Apocalypse might have suspected that modern history would eventually contain the account of a gigantic complex of political and economic power which would cover the whole earth. John predicted that the human race would be subjected to a ruthless, world-wide conglomerate of dictatorial authority which would attempt to make all men subservient to it or be killed (Revelations 13: 15). He said it would compel all men, "both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to be identified with it (Rev. 13: 16). John also referred to its economic grip on humanity and said that unless a person is identified with its monopoly network, 'no man might buy or sell' (13: 17).
Dr. Quigley assures us that this type of global power structure is on the verge of becoming a total reality. He points out that during the past two centuries, while the people of the world were gradually winning their political freedom from the dynastic monarchs of Europe, the major banking families of Europe and America were actually reversing this emancipation process by setting up new dynasties of political control through the formation of international financial and industrial combines.
Dr. Quigley points out that these banking dynasties had learned over the years that all governments must have sources of revenue from which to borrow in times of' emergency. They also learned that by providing such funds from their own private resources, they could make both kings and democratic leaders tremendously subservient to their will. It has proven to be a most effective means of controlling political appointments and deciding political issues."
Through control of currency and credit, these financial combines have been able to buy any corporation they feel is necessary to control and thereby regulate the means of production for most critical goods and services. Likewise, their power extends to the major media which it owns and controls as their own propaganda machine. They continue to promote centralized authoritarian government from politicians pretending to be both Left and Right wing in their values. The voting public seesaws back and forth between these so called political parties yet can see no change except increased government growth, regulation and control of the individual. Their latest and most colossal effort is to nullify the rights of private property under the guise of environmental protection, when in fact the corporations these financial combines control continue to be the most egregious polluters of the planet.
When appropriate, the Money Masters stage or permit attacks to be perpetrated by radical groups or rogue nations they secretly support and finance. These attacks justify government mobilization and further invasion of privacy while limiting individual freedoms under the guise of protecting the security of the state. It is a technique they call "Order out of Chaos." They create the problem and then provide the solution which is already planned for us. French Author Anatole Thibault (1844-1924) once said, "A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over expenditures on armaments and military equipment. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain."